“But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.”
“We serve”. Members of the church of Jesus Christ “serve”. Why? Because we have to? No. Because we get to.
I don’t have to read my Bible… I get to.
I don’t have to go to church… I get to.
I don’t have to talk about Jesus… I get to.
I don’t have to serve others… I get to.
To serve from “the oldness of the letter” means…
- Unfair submission
- Class distinction
- The last shall be first
- Fun and joy
- Personal growth
Jesus said, “The greatest among you will be your servant” (Matthew 23.11 NIV). I have been released from the ‘have to’s’ of my old way of thinking and being. In Christ I have a new reality. By some unexplainable miracle of God’s grace, I’ve been transported to a new realm of ‘want to’s’ . I want to serve. Not always and not perfectly, but with enough enthusiasm and consistency to prove to myself that I am changing.
I don’t have to serve. I get serve in this amazing new reality.